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Edinburgh arts festival cancelled due to virus: organisers

Edinburgh - Edinburgh's international festivals were cancelled for the first time in 70 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said.

UK govt promises more virus tests as criticism grows

London - Britain said Wednesday it would soon begin testing 25,000 people daily for COVID-19 as criticism of the government grew over low numbers of testing compared to other countries.

Harry and Meghan embark on new life in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Every starry-eyed ingenue arriving in Los Angeles faces the same question: how to catch that big break in Hollywood? For Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, it's far more complicated.

'Megxit': Harry and Meghan formally quit royal life

London - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan formally step down as senior members of the British royal family on Tuesday, as they start a controversial new life in the United States.

UK coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday the coronavirus outbreak will get worse before it gets better, as the number of deaths in Britain rose 260 in one day to over 1,000.

British PM Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

London - The two men leading Britain's fight against the coronavirus -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary Matt Hancock -- both announced Friday they had tested positive for COVID-19, as infection rates accelerated and daily death rate rose s...

Prince Harry and Meghan now based in California: report

London - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have permanently relocated to California amid the coronavirus pandemic, media reports said Friday.

Dogs being trained to sniff out COVID-19: charity

London - A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 through their keen sense of smell, they said on Friday.

Northern Ireland sportswear factory scrubs up in virus fight

As other factories fall silent due to the coronavirus, the din of production continues at O'Neills sportswear factory in Northern Ireland, where staff have pivoted to making scrubs and facemasks for besieged healthcare workers.

Assange loses bid to be bailed over coronavirus

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday failed in his bid to be bailed after he argued that he was at risk of catching coronavirus in the British prison where he is being held.

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

London - Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland, his office said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the country's response to tackling t...

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

London - Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but "otherwise remains in good health", his office said on Wednesday.

Britons answer call for volunteer coronavirus force

London - Around 170,000 people signed up within hours of a British government call for volunteers to help those stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, the health minister said Wednesday.

UK 'plague village' offers lesson for a country under lockdown

Eyam - In the 17th century, residents in the remote English village of Eyam quarantined themselves to prevent the spread of bubonic plague. Most paid with their lives.

Britain urges public to respect coronavirus lockdown

London - Britain's leaders on Tuesday urged people to respect an unprecedented countrywide lockdown, saying that following advice to stay at home would stop people dying of coronavirus.

Johnson warns of tougher action to prevent virus spread

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday he may impose tougher controls on the British public as packed parks, markets and cafes at the weekend showed thousands of people defying government warnings about social distancing.

Stay home for three months, UK tells 1.5m most at risk

London - Up to 1.5 million vulnerable people in Britain, identified as being most at risk from the coronavirus epidemic, should stay at home for at least 12 weeks, the government said Sunday.

Britain tells shoppers to stop panic-buying

London - The British government on Saturday urged people to stop panic-buying during the coronavirus crisis, claiming there was enough food for everyone.

Harrods shuts its doors over coronavirus

London - Where the Blitz failed, coronavirus has succeeded. The luxury London store Harrods, which stayed open throughout the bombing of the capital during World War II, announced on Friday it was closing its doors.

After Barnier, UK Brexit negotiator shows virus symptoms

London - Britain's lead negotiator for post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union is self-isolating after showing mild symptoms of coronavirus, a spokesman said Friday -- the day after his EU counterpart said he had the virus.

Schools set to close as UK steps up coronavirus response

London - British schools close indefinitely on Friday as part of tougher government measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic, following similar shutdowns in Europe and across the world.

UK 'can turn tide' of coronavirus in 12 weeks: Johnson

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that Britain could "turn the tide" on coronavirus within 12 weeks -- but only if people heed advice to avoid social contact.

UK to close schools, put troops on standby as coronavirus deaths rise

London - Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days and placing 20,000 troops on standby in efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100.

Manchester bomber's brother convicted over the attack

London - The brother of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people in the British city of Manchester was found guilty on Tuesday of 22 counts of murder over the 2017 attack.

UK rolls out tougher virus action after dire science warning

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government on Tuesday unveiled a huge package of support for businesses to help them survive the introduction of tough new social measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

UK urges end to 'non-essential' contact, travel to curb virus spread

London - Britain on Monday stepped up its response to coronavirus, recommending household isolation, home-working and an end to mass gatherings to try to stem an accelerating outbreak.

US extends travel ban to UK, Ireland; reviews domestic curbs

Washington - The United States said Saturday it was stepping up its fight against the coronavirus and extending a European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, while acknowledging that some domestic travel curbs are also being considered.

Scottish review body refers Lockerbie bomber case for appeal

Glasgow - A Scottish body responsible for investigating possible miscarriages of justices said on Wednesday it had referred the case of the man jailed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing for appeal.

BoE slashes interest rate to 0.25% over coronavirus

London - The Bank of England on Wednesday slashed its main interest rate to 0.25 percent in an emergency move to combat the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak on the UK economy.

UK health minister tests positive for coronavirus

London - British MP Nadine Dorries, a minister in the health department, has tested positive for coronavirus, she said in a statement on Tuesday, raising concerns about whether senior government figures have been infected.
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The Supermarine Spitfire became Britain's symbol of its resistance against Nazi Germany in 1940
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A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft flying over the skies of Iraq in 2006.
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The olympic rings on Tower (London) Bridge for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
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